In the 1860s and 1870s, almost simultaneously in Paris and London, clinical neurology began to emerge as a special area of medical practice. The Parisian development occurred mainly at the Salpêtrière, ancient repository of a sizeable population of the hitherto often uncategorized chronically ill. There the dominant neurological interest was in clinical phenomenology and nosology. From the outset the predominant figure was Jean-Martin Charcot, subsequently occupant of the world's first chair of neurology. He became a popular and highly successful consultant and the influential founder of a school of talented neurologists. By virtue of his famous clinical demonstrations that were open to the public, and his flirtation with hysteria and hypnosis, he became known to a Parisian circle outside medicine. Throughout the first half of the 20th century his name was introduced to an even wider circle by his figuring in parts of Axel Munthe's extraordinary and widely read autobiography, The Story of San Michele (Munthe, 1929Go).
Book Review: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE AND WORKOF JACKSON WITH A CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF HIS WRITINGS By George K.York and David A. Steinberg 2006. London: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL Price: »35.00 ISBN-10: 0854841091, ISBN-13: 978-0854841097
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